Program Overview

Civic Council

A distinct feature of the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies is the Civic Council, which is made up of corporate, nongovernmental, political and security sector figures from companies and organizations actively influencing global policy and decision-making.

Civic Council members bring their expertise and diverse perspectives to the MAAIS program through special lectures, field visits, simulations, and group projects. MAAIS students meet regularly with Civic Council members to engage in conversations around international affairs, learn more about the work of our partner companies and organizations, and explore future employment opportunities. These activities offer significant networking opportunities and help MAAIS students stay relevant and current. The MAAIS program is also supported by the Jackson School Advisory Board.

  • Amie Batson

    Amie Batson

    Chief Strategy Officer, PATH

    Amie Batson is chief strategy officer for global health leader PATH, where she’s responsible for strengthening the organization’s partnerships with the global health community and contributing to advocacy and policy priorities. During her more than two decades in global health she has held positions with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she served as senior deputy administrator for global health. Throughout her career, Batson has been a leader in innovation. During her three-year stint at the U.S. Agency for International Development, she led a team that co-convened the Child Survival Call to Action, which worked to end preventable child deaths. While at the World Bank, she helped produce billions of dollars in new funding for the vaccination of millions of children against polio, pneumonia, diarrhea and other vaccine-preventable causes of death.

  • James Bernard

    James Bernard

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, SSG Advisors

    James Bernard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SSG Advisors, an award-winning consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships, Bernard is responsible for building out a West Coast office for SSG focused on establishing stronger links between technology for international development. Prior to joining SSG, Bernard was Senior Director of Global Strategic Partnerships for the Education group at Microsoft, where he led a team that was responsible for building partnerships with publishers, education technology companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations such as the UN and World Bank. Between 2006 and 2008 Bernard served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications for World Learning, an international NGO focused on educational exchange and international development. Bernard also held a number of positions at Microsoft between 1999 and 2006, working on consumer technology products and digital access programs to bring technology to emerging markets. Bernard is a frequent speaker on issues related to public-private partnerships in education and international development. He serves on the board of directors of Pact, a global NGO working on health, livelihood and environmental projects in 35 countries.

  • Amie Bishop

    Amie Bishop

    Independent Consultant, Global Health and Human Rights

    Ms. Bishop is a human rights advocate and global health leader with professional experience in more than 20 countries around the world. She currently works as an independent global health and human rights consultant focusing on women’s health; health access for marginalized populations, especially LGBTQI populations; and the intersection of human rights and public health. Until August 2014, she worked for PATH, a Seattle-based, non-profit international health organization, where she was employed for more than 25 years in a variety of leadership and technical capacities. Prior to this position, Bishop oversaw a number of PATH’s country programs, providing technical, program development, management and strategic planning support in a variety of health areas, including breast and cervical cancer, tuberculosis and HIV, with a focus on key populations. From 2008 to 2017, she served on the board of directors for OutRight Action International, and was Co-chair from 2014 to 2017. She now consults with OutRight and continues to work with a number of human rights groups in various countries to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. She has a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from Columbia University.

  • Ann Burkhart

    Ann Burkhart

    Ethical Sourcing Manager, Starbucks

    Ann Burkhart has worked at Starbucks since 2003 and now serves as a manager on the ethical sourcing team, which focuses on many of the company’s agricultural goods. In this role she manages Starbucks’ programs for dairy, produce and animal welfare. Previously she worked to help build the company’s business ethics and compliance program and worked on the equal opportunity initiatives team. Burkhart has also worked as acting director of Weyerhaeuser’s ethics and compliance program and held management consulting positions with two Internet development firms. She also serves as the president of the board of directors for EarthCorps and previously served on the board of directors for Global Visionaries. Burkhart received her bachelor’s degree from the Jackson School of International Studies.

  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran

    Rajiv Chandrasekaran

    Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Starbucks

    Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior vice president for public affairs at the Starbucks Coffee Company and the executive producer of the company’s social-impact media initiatives. Prior to joining Starbucks, he was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades. During his newspaper career, he reported from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice. Chandrasekaran is the author of two other bestselling books: Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan and Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, which was named one of the ten best books of 2007 by The New York Times and inspired the movie Green Zone.

  • Lisa Cohen

    Lisa Cohen

    Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance

    Lisa Cohen is executive director of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a coalition of the state’s leading global health research and development organizations. The alliance supports and advances Washington state’s global health community as a nexus for research, education, training and delivery on the world stage. Its members include global health organizations, educational institutions and private and public entities. Prior to the formation of the alliance, Cohen spent 25 years as a producer and manager in the broadcast news industry. She previously taught journalism at the University of Washington. Cohen also serves as executive director and board chair of the Washington Global Health Fund and on the governance boards and committees of a variety of other organizations.

  • Kristen Dailey

    Kristen Dailey

    Executive Director, Global Washington

    Kristen Dailey is the Executive Director of Global Washington, a network of over 160 non-profit, for-profit, academic institutions, and philanthropists in Washington state innovating to improve lives around the world. Dailey has over 19 years of experience in international development including advocacy, issue campaigns, microcredit, and building partnerships among NGOs, businesses, and government. Prior to Global Washington, she was the COO and Senior VP at the Initiative for Global Development and has held positions at Global Partnerships, the United Nations Foundation, and organizations working with low-income refugee and immigrant families in South Seattle. Kristen has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW and is committed to finding effective, sustainable solutions to global poverty.

  • Nirav Desai

    Nirav Desai

    Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Nirav Desai serves as chief technologist for the Seattle office of consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he leads the company’s software development practice and technology business in the Pacific Northwest. He has more than 15 years of consulting experience in strategic decision support and information technology strategy and has supported a diverse array of clients, including international nongovernment organizations, Fortune 500 companies and various governments. Desai has also led efforts across the firm’s Pacific Rim offices that focus on commercializing government-incubated technologies in the digital, analytics and cyber-security spaces. He has served in an executive capacity for the Subcontinental Institute and WordSoundAction, two nonprofit organizations with an international focus.

  • Diane Douglas

    Diane Douglas

    Executive Director, Seattle CityClub

    Diane Douglas is the executive director of Seattle CityClub, an organization that provides an inclusive place for citizens to learn about public policy and engage with leaders. CityClub helps members of the community forge connections with leaders and local government and offers tools to help citizens make a difference; nearly 50,000 Washingtonians participate annually in public policy and candidate forums, a statewide youth civic education initiative and online voter education efforts. Before coming to Seattle CityClub, Douglas was the founding director of Bellevue College’s Center for Liberal Arts and executive director of Bellevue Arts Museum. Douglas is the author of Choosing Craft, a social history of the American craft movement, and serves on the boards of a number of regional organizations that support civic engagement and poverty alleviation.

  • Chitra Hanstad

    Executive Director, World Relief Seattle

    Chitra Hanstad serves as the Executive Director for World Relief Seattle, the largest refugee resettlement and services agency in Washington State. Chitra recently returned from India, where she spent the last year consulting for Justice Ventures International, working on anti-human trafficking campaigns, strategic planning and fund development. Prior to that, she was a Philanthropic Advisor for Seattle Foundation and also managed their scholarship program.

    While her career started in corporate advertising, public relations and intercultural communications, she has spent most of the last twenty years working for local and international non-profits. Chitra has worked in Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, India, Romania, Mexico and the Netherlands. In Seattle, she has lived in, worked with and organized the community in the Rainier Valley of Seattle. She was Director of Community Care at Jubilee REACH; founded and was Executive Director of Emerald City Jobs; and has consulted with Urban Impact, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition, Rainier Scholars and Landesa. She also worked for Karnataka Health Promotions Trust and Aperian Global in India.

    Chitra holds a Master of Arts Degree in Marketing Communications from Wheaton College and a Master of Science degree in International Development from Eastern University. Chitra has served on many boards including Covenant World Relief & Urban Impact, and volunteers with The Stability Network

  • Tim Hanstad

    Co Founder, and Senior Advisor, Landesa

    Tim Hanstad is the Co-Founder & Senior Advisor at Landesa, the world’s leading land rights organization.  He previously served as Landesa’s Executive Director and then CEO for more than two decades.  Hanstad’s leadership was instrumental in growing Landesa from a two-person operation run out of the University of Washington School of Law to the world’s #1-rated human rights NGO with more than 150 staff around the world.  In his current role, Hanstad serves as a global ambassador for the organization and helps guide conversations about how global efforts on extreme poverty, gender equality, food security, and environmental stewardship can benefit from incorporating a land rights lens.

    Hanstad is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur Awardee, a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Food Security, Global Washington board of directors, and an affiliate law faculty member at the University of Washington.  He has authored numerous books and publications and his work has appeared widely in the media, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and on CNN and Fox News. He earned a BA at Seattle Pacific University and an LLM and JD at the University of Washington.  He and his life partner Chitra live in Seattle and have four delightful children.

  • Lara Iglitzin

    Lara Iglitzin

    Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Lara Iglitzin has been the executive director of the Foundation since 1995. Arriving at the Foundation in 1992 as a program officer, she developed the Foundation’s Russian human rights program in Russia. Lara did her undergraduate work at the University of Washington in Russian and East European studies, and received master’s degrees in Russian history and Russian studies from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, respectively. She specialized in U.S.-Soviet relations and early 20th century political history. Her master’s thesis was dedicated to the impact of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment on Soviet foreign policy. Prior to her work at the Foundation, Lara managed the Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations in Washington, D.C. Active in the national grantmaking community, she helped to establish the group Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and served as board president for three years. She was also integral to the creation of the International Human Rights Funders Group. Lara has published many articles in national and regional publications on Russian politics and human rights as well as issues in philanthropy. She is active in the northwest philanthropic community, serving as a long-time trainer for Philanthropy Northwest in its Best Practices in Grantmaking workshops.

  • Adam Kohorn

    Adam Kohorn

    Director of Strategy Integration, Boeing

    Adam Kohorn is the director of strategy integration for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he leads a team that covers a wide range of strategic and business development activities. These efforts include analysis of global industry and competitive trends and the creation of market strategies to enhance Boeing’s position in both developing and mature markets worldwide. He has previously held leadership positions in engineering, production engineering, manufacturing operations and program management at Boeing, Honeywell and United Technologies, and has been heavily involved in the application of Lean methods to business design and operations. Kohorn received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Josh Lozman

    Josh Lozman

    Deputy Director of Program Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Josh Lozman is deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he provides leadership for the foundation’s advocacy strategies in the areas of agriculture, family health and financial services for the poor. Immediately prior to joining the foundation, he served in the Obama administration as chief of staff to the National Economic Council. He spent more than four years at the global advocacy organization ONE, where his roles included global policy director and chief of staff. Lozman has also worked at various development policy organizations including the Global Health Council and the Center for Global Development. He sits on the board of the Washington Global Health Alliance and the steering committee of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. Lozman holds a master’s degree in public health and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Jacqueline Miller

    Jacqueline Miller

    Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council

    Jacqueline Miller joined the World Affairs Council as president and chief executive officer in 2014. Prior to joining WAC, she served as director of external relations at Independent Diplomat, an organization that works with marginalized democratic political actors to help them navigate the United Nations, European Union and other international diplomatic forums. Previously, Miller was a senior associate at the EastWest Institute in New York, where she ran the U.S. program, focusing on national security policy, U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relations and nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues. She has also served as the deputy director of Washington, D.C., programs at the Council on Foreign Relations and as deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her honors include being named a Truman Security Fellow as well as receiving a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship for Russia. Miller has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University.

  • Matt Morrison

    Matt Morrison

    Chief Executive Officer, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region

    Matt Morrison is chief executive officer of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a public-private partnership established in 1991 to enhance the economy of the region while maintaining its natural environment. The organization’s 18 working groups include trade and economic development, border issues, agriculture, tourism, transportation, energy, environment, Arctic issues and sustainable development. Morrison has been a leader in promoting innovation in the Canada–U.S. border region and has been instrumental in several successful pilot programs of the Beyond the Border and Perimeter Security Action Plan. He also manages the Pacific Northwest Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and also spearheaded a project for the U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada that focused on protocols for rapidly responding to and recovering from disasters and emergencies on either side of the border. He has been instrumental in building economic resilience over the past decade by hosting a series of critical infrastructure interdependency exercises focusing on the regional economy.

  • Dan O'Neill

    Dan O'Neill

    Founder, Mercy Corps

    Dan O’Neill is the founder of Mercy Corps, a global community of change makers – 4,000 strong – living and working with people facing the world’s toughest challenges. Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Mercy Corps is on the ground in more than 40 countries working together to connect people to the resources they need to survive and help their communities to thrive. Dan has worked in the international development field for more than 35 years and serves on the boards of several global development organizations. Dan has authored several books on subjects ranging from philosophy to religion.

  • Bill Stafford

    Bill Stafford

    Senior Adviser, Nyhus Communications

    Bill Stafford is a senior adviser at Nyhus Communications and the founder and former president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. He is a recognized leader in facilitating and strengthening international trade and business relations in the Pacific Northwest. He has held senior leadership roles in local government, business and nonprofit organizations and has significant experience in government policy formulation, management and lobbying. While working in the Seattle municipal government, he developed the city’s intergovernmental relations office, one of the country’s first systematic initiatives to combine metro, state, federal and international government relations under one roof. Stafford chaired a network of lobbyists and the Urban Consortium, a group focused on urban research. He also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, where he assessed the department’s local government relations and programs. At the Trade Development Alliance, he organized 17 international leadership missions and nine domestic trips. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected by the Hong Kong government for its VIP program; serving as economic adviser to the mayor of Chongqing, China; and receiving the Order of the Lion from the president of Finland. Stafford earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and an MBA from Columbia University.

  • Tom Tanaka

    Tom Tanaka

    Senior Port Counsel, Port of Seattle

    Tom Tanaka is senior port counsel at the Port of Seattle. His experience covers a wide range of subject areas, including transportation, the environment, real estate, aquatic lands and government affairs. He has served as the chair for legal committees with the Washington Public Ports Association and the Northwest Marine Terminal Association and as cochair for the Law Review Committee of the American Association of Port Authorities. Tanaka also serves on the Bellevue Transportation Commission, on the board of directors for the nonprofit Hopelink and with the Western Washington Harvard Schools Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University and was one of the early recipients of a concurrent master’s degree from the Jackson School and JD from the UW School of Law.

  • Michael Truong

    Michael Truong

    Channel Manager, Public Sector, Tableau

    Michael Truong handles Tableau Software’s relationship with the national security community. He advises on visual analytics practices for briefings delivered to senior White House officials, Pentagon officials and military special operations commanders. Prior to his work at Tableau, Michael served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. He deployed to Iraq twice, where he worked with a Tier-1 special operations task force and U.S. diplomatic officials and was a liaison to NATO allies. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington’s Jackson School where he was the co-founder and co-editor in chief of the Jackson School Journal of International Studies. Michael is currently completing a master’s degree at Columbia University.

  • Ted Van Dyk

    Ted Van Dyk

    Author and Former Government Official

    Ted Van Dyk is an author and former government official with a long history of involvement in public policy and international affairs. His career includes work as an intelligence analyst at the Pentagon; as director of the Washington, D.C., public affairs office of the European Communities (now the European Union); and as a policymaker in the Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter administrations, where he coordinated U.S. foreign assistance programs. Van Dyk has also served as president of the Center for National Policy, as executive vice president of the Milken Institute, vice president of Columbia University and vice president of the Weyerhaeuser Company. He has also run his own independent consulting firm in Washington, D.C., counseling, among others, the governments of Japan, Pakistan, Greece, New Zealand and Tajikistan. After returning to Seattle in 2001 Van Dyk wrote a regular editorial column for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until 2008, and has written regularly for He has also written frequent essays and columns over the years for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsweek, The Atlantic and other national publications. His memoir, Heroes, Hacks and Fools, was published in 2007 by University of Washington Press. Van Dyk has served on the boards of the Roosevelt Institute, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Jean Monnet Council, and Washington News Council and is a member of the UW Department of Communication Hall of Fame and the Council on Foreign Relations national program committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s from Columbia University.

  • Brady Walkinshaw

    Brady Walkinshaw

    CEO, Grist

    Brady is CEO of, the nation’s leading green environmental media source. Founded in 1999, Grist uses humor to interpret green issues and inspire environmental action. Brady served two terms in the Washington State Legislature, representing central Seattle, and was a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2016. Brady championed issues of housing, criminal justice, transit, and environment in State Government, recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Washington State Housing Alliance. Brady spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on agriculture and food systems in developing countries, and was previously at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.  Brady is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University where he served on the Board of Trustees. Locally, Brady is active on the boards of Intiman Theatre, the Trust for Public Land, and the Seattle Waterfront Commission.

  • Amy White

    Amy White

    Senior Communications Officer for Community Relations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Amy White works at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the senior communications officer for community relations. She served as the director of regional operations and leadership at the Pride Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community foundation. At the Pride Foundation, her primary area of responsibility was to provide vision, leadership and support to the organization’s expansion from the Seattle metro area to a five-state model of operation. White worked as the political and outreach director for the Washington United for Marriage campaign. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit leadership from Seattle University.